✋ Hand Gestures Tutorial

Zesture supports a variety of hand gestures that you can use to control various applications.

Adjustment of your hand gestures and their timing wrt to your laptop/desktop may take a little time to master. The direction of your laptop/desktop camera, line of sight of your camera as well as the distance of your laptop from yourself are also important while making the adjustment. As a rule of thumb, the palm of your hand should be nearly in the middle of the line of sight of your camera.

Distance and Positioning of your hand wrt the camera

  • We recommended you keep your hand at a maximum distance of 1-3 feet from your laptop/desktop camera. This distance can be adjusted in a few trials.
  • Please adjust your comfortable position depending upon the hardware specifications of your laptop, your use case and your style of working.
  • See carefully the direction (angle) of your laptop/desktop screen and camera, and make sure it is facing you.
  • According to the above position of your camera, position your hand up or down ensuring the centre of your palm is facing the camera and in the middle of line of sight of the camera.

In this tutorial, you'll learn how each of the hand gestures work.

1. Raise Palm

This gesture can be used to play or pause a song (if using a music app) or video (if using a video app).

How it works?

  • Raise your palm in front of the camera and hold for a second.
  • Your palm should be straight and perpendicular to the camera.
  • Centre of your palm should lie in the line of sight of the camera.

2. Swipe Left

This gesture can be used to switch to the previous audio (if using a music app), previous video (if using a video app) and previous slide (if using a presentation app).

How it works?

  • Start swiping your hand (palm) from the right edge of your laptop/desktop, passing through the camera and go till the left edge of the laptop/desktop.
  • Centre of your palm should lie in the line of sight of the camera.
  • If your distance from the laptop/desktop is more (around 4-5 feet), swiping range of your hand should be suitably increased.
  • After performing the gesture, please take your hand out of the line-of-sight of the camera to avoid any confusion.

3. Swipe Right

This gesture can be used to switch to the next audio (if using a music app), next video (if using a video app) and next slide (if using a presentation app).

How it works?

  • Start swiping your hand (palm) from the left edge of your laptop/desktop, passing through the camera and go till the right edge of the laptop/desktop.
  • Centre of your palm should lie in the line of sight of the camera.
  • If your distance from the laptop/desktop is more (around 4-5 feet), swiping range of your hand should be suitably increased.
  • After performing the gesture, please take your hand out of the line-of-sight of the camera to avoid any confusion.

4. Zoom In With Two Fingers

This gesture can be used to make your video fullscreen (if using a video app) or start a slideshow (if using a presentation app).

How it works?

  • Pinch your thumb and index finger apart (making sure that the hand remains in the line-of-sight of the camera).
  • After performing the gesture, please take your hand below the camera (out of the line-of-sight of the camera) to avoid any confusion.

5. Zoom Out With Two Fingers

This gesture can be used to exit fullscreen (if using a video app) or exit a slideshow (if using a presentation app).

How it works?

  • Pinch your thumb and index finger together (making sure that the hand remains in the line-of-sight of the camera).
  • After performing the gesture, please take your hand below the camera (out of the line-of-sight of the camera) to avoid any confusion.

6. Thumb Up

This gesture can be used to fast-forward a video few seconds.

How it works?

  • Do a thumb up gesture (fingers closed and thumb pointing upwards) in front of the camera.
  • Centre of your gesture should lie in the line of sight of the camera.
  • Hold your gesture stable for about 2 seconds in front of your camera.
  • After performing the gesture, please take your hand out of the line-of-sight of the camera to avoid any confusion.

7. Thumb Down

This gesture can be used to rewind a video few seconds.

How it works?

  • Do a thumb down gesture (fingers closed and thumb pointing downwards) in front of the camera.
  • Centre of your gesture should lie in the line of sight of the camera.
  • Hold your gesture stable for about 2 seconds in front of your camera.
  • After performing the gesture, please take your hand out of the line-of-sight of the camera to avoid any confusion.

8. Shake Hand

This gesture can be used to mute or unmute audio in a music or video app.

How it works?

  • Shake your hand in front of the camera at a suitable distance as shown in the video for 2-3 secs.
  • After performing the gesture, please take your hand out of the line-of-sight of the camera to avoid any confusion.

9. Rotate Forward

This gesture can be used to increase volume in a music or video app.

How it works?

  • Tilt your hand slightly leftwards and move it towards the camera in a rotating motion.
  • Your hand should be parallel to your laptop/desktop screen and the centre of your hand should lie in the line of sight of the camera.
  • After performing the gesture, please take your hand out of the line-of-sight of the camera to avoid any confusion.

10. Rotate Backward

This gesture can be used to decrease volume in a music or video app.

How it works?

  • Tilt your hand slightly leftwards and move it towards yourself in a rotating motion.
  • Your hand should be parallel to your laptop/desktop screen and the centre of your hand should lie in the line of sight of the camera.
  • After performing the gesture, please take your hand out of the line-of-sight of the camera to avoid any confusion.